Yves Saint Laurent's Legacy Lives On With Two New Museums

BY Harper's Bazaar Arabia / Jan 31 2016 / 16:58 PM

They're set to open in Paris and Marrakesh in 2017

Yves Saint Laurent's Legacy Lives On With Two New Museums
FONDATION PIERRE BERGÉ – YVES SAINT LAURENT, PARIS / GUY MARINEAU
Yves Saint Laurent at his desk in 1976
Yves Saint Laurent's Legacy Lives On With Two New Museums
FONDATION PIERRE BERGÉ – YVES SAINT LAURENT, PARIS / GUY MARINEAU
The Spring 1989 Couture show
Yves Saint Laurent's Legacy Lives On With Two New Museums
PIERRE BERGÉ
Yves Saint Laurent at Dar el Hanch, his home in Marrakesh
Yves Saint Laurent's Legacy Lives On With Two New Museums
FONDATION PIERRE BERGÉ - YVES SAINT LAURENT
Yves Saint Laurent shows one of his rive gauche shows
Yves Saint Laurent's Legacy Lives On With Two New Museums
GÉRARD PATAA
The first Le Smoking jacket in 1966
Yves Saint Laurent's Legacy Lives On With Two New Museums
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A look inside the Musée Yves Saint Laurent Marrakesh
Yves Saint Laurent's Legacy Lives On With Two New Museums
FONDATION PIERRE BERGÉ – YVES SAINT LAURENT, PARIS / GUY MARINEAU
Naomi Campbell wears a Vincent van Gogh-inspired jacket on the Spring 1988 Couture runway
Yves Saint Laurent's Legacy Lives On With Two New Museums
FONDATION PIERRE BERGÉ – YVES SAINT LAURENT, PARIS / GUY MARINEAU
Katoucha at a 2002 retrospective, wearing a Georges Braque-inspired dress from the Spring 1988 Couture collection
Yves Saint Laurent's Legacy Lives On With Two New Museums
FONDATION PIERRE BERGÉ – YVES SAINT LAURENT, PARIS / ALEXANDRE GUIRKINGER
A Piet Mondrian-inspired dress from the autumn/winter 1965 Couture collection
Yves Saint Laurent's Legacy Lives On With Two New Museums
FONDATION PIERRE BERGÉ – YVES SAINT LAURENT, PARIS / ALEXANDRE GUIRKINGER
A dress from the autumn/winter 1970 Couture collection
Yves Saint Laurent's Legacy Lives On With Two New Museums
FONDATION PIERRE BERGÉ – YVES SAINT LAURENT / SOPHIE CARRE
An Yves Saint Laurent pantsuit

Yves Saint Laurent's influence on the fashion industry is immeasurable; from the iconic Le Smoking tuxedo to his early adoption of ready-to-wear, the late designer will impact the way women dress for decades to come. Now, his legacy will be immortalised in two museums dedicated to his 50-year career. They are set to open in Paris and his beloved Marrakesh in the autumn of 2017.

Yves Saint Laurent's former headquarters at 5 avenue Marceau, where the designer worked from 1974 to 2002, will house Musée Yves Saint Laurent Paris. The building currently hosts the Fondation Pierre Bergé-Yves Saint Laurent, which will close this April to begin renovations for the museum — including the restoration of the interiors to what they looked like when Saint Laurent walked the halls. Visitors will have access to the couture salons and the designer's own studio; a ferocious archivist, he preserved much of his work, from sketches and samples to records and catalogues. Fondation Pierre Bergé-Yves Saint Laurent currently has 5,000 couture pieces and 15,000 accessories in its possession.

In Marrakesh, a newly-constructed museum will open on Rue Yves Saint Laurent near the Jardin Majorelle, which the Fondation Pierre Bergé-Yves Saint Laurent acquired in 1980. Saint Laurent first visited Marrakech in 1966 and fell in love with the city. He purchased a home there and visited often; the city's influence is apparent in many of his later collections. Musée Yves Saint Laurent Marrakech will house a permanent collection and showcase temporary exhibitions. "It feels perfectly natural to build a museum dedicated to his oeuvre, which was so inspired by this country," says Pierre Bergé, president of Fondation Pierre Bergé-Yves Saint Laurent and Saint Laurent's former business partner and companion. "As for Paris, who needs to specify that it is where Yves Saint Laurent created all his work and built his career?" - Via Harper's Bazaar US